Directed by Frank Perry • 1981 • United States
Starring Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest
Outrageous and controversial, this infamous adaptation of Christina Crawford’s best-selling tell-all is built around a powerhouse performance by Faye Dunaway as legendary movie star Joan Crawford. While the public Crawford is a strong-willed, glamorous object of admiration, the private Crawford struggles with a host of inner demons and the ups and downs of a fickle industry that swallows careers thoughtlessly. When she is let go from MGM, Crawford’s controlling behavior and mistreatment of her adopted children, Christina (Diana Scarwid) and Christopher (Xander Berkeley), begins to frighteningly escalate.